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Jon Novi
from 39 reviews
  • 48 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Andres P.
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Jon provided the music for the cocktail hour of our wedding on Sunday, September 18, 2016. We must start out by saying that, because the entire wedding was one big whirlwind, we did not have the pleasure of being able to hear a majority of Jon’s performance. However, we did hear through word of mouth that the guests really enjoyed the music that Jon provided. We communicated exclusively through e-mail. He was very kind and patient with us as we tried to figure out what types of music we wanted to play. Jon was able to send us a list of songs that he was well-versed in and that accommodated the genres we ultimately decided on (latin, jazz, bossa nova, R&B). This made our lives easier as it helped us to focus and eventually narrow our choices down to a small selection of songs. We finally got a chance to meet face to face at the wedding venue. He was very sweet and very formal (and he speaks Spanish too!). We did have a bit of confusion regarding whether or not Jon would use his own personal keyboard or the piano provided by the wedding venue but thankfully everything worked out in the end. Jon was VERY reasonably priced; however, he does not provide a contract (but because Jon is such a professional, this was not an issue at all). We would absolutely recommend Jon. And like we had mentioned to him at the venue, hopefully we have another opportunity to hire him so that we can listen to and enjoy his musical talents in its entirety. Thanks again Jon!

Fran Banish
from 7 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Marcia D.
Verified review

Absolutely the best guitar teacher I've ever taken lessons from. I wanted to learn: Beatles, Stones, Neil, Dylan, Joni, R&B, and a whole slew of songs I'd heard & loved from my teens. Fran not only knew them, he was able to teach them to a beginner. All ya gotta do is practice. He was one of the best kept secrets in L.A. I remember that not only Bob Dylan, but also Jackson Browne asked him for consultation on specific artists. Chicago is lucky to have him.

Liberty Noire Productions
from 7 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Sheila P.
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We had the honor of having Michelle Crenshaw and her son preform during our wedding ceremony. We had previously seen them at our friends wedding held at St. Monica's Catholic Church. When we heard their rendition of "The Prayer" by Celine Dion, I was absolutely blown away. I knew at that point I wanted to ask them to share their talent on our wedding day. On 11/28/15 they preform on our wedding ceremony at St. Vincent's Catholic Church and it was absolutely amazing. Our playlist consisted of religious pieces and as well as contemporary/R&B/Hip hop songs that my husband and I adored. She was well organized and her experience with events and performing helped us be at ease with the decisions we made. It was absolutely breathe taking and my family adored their voices and organization. Still till this day, I wish we got more footage of their vocal performances before our ceremony even started. They did an amazing job even during the prelude. We only met with her once and kept in contact with her via email, which was convinent. On the day of the wedding they delivered their best and we had no regrets. Working with them was a delight and I was very thankful. They added the special touch to our special moment. Our guests always told us our wedding music was on point and there were no dry eyes in that church. Feeling blessed to have met and work with Michelle Crenshaw. She definitely made our wedding memorable with such an amazing talent.

Sarah Schroeder
from 2 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Rachael W.
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Sarah is a wonderful vocal coach. She is very professional and is genuinely interested in helping to improve your vocal techniques – regardless of your musical background. She listens to your suggestions and will provide vital insight in order for you to reach your projected musical goals. Under Sarah’s guidance, my vocal capabilities definitely improved and it made a big difference in the studio. As a singer of R&B, my voice was stronger, louder and more controlled. Sarah is one of the best vocal coaches on the market and she will help you to find your true voice.

from 1 review
  • 7 years in business
Chuck C.
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The Twangdogs are of the finer gigging Americana bands in Chicagoland. They feature top flight musicians who emerged from various ensembles at The Old Town School of Folk Music. The Twangdogs offer an extensive and varied repertoire. Always up front is a focus on rock and country, but a twinge of R&B is also evident in their DNA. They’ll swap instruments and vocals frequently during their sets, which can give their gigs something of a hootenanny type of vibe. Excellent harmonies with a lively beat! When they perform, you can tell they are having fun which translates to their audience having just as much fun.

South Boulevard Band

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    We are an 8-man rockin' R&B/blues band with a dynamic frontman/harp player, a rhythm section that's "tight as rope", two funky guitar players, and an amazing horn section. With more than 200 years of cumulative musical experience among us, we craft sets that get the crowd up and dancing, from twenty-somethings to folks in their seventies. We'd love to play your club, corporate event, casino or festival. Call us today for availability!

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    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    What is a mariachi band?

    Mariachi bands are rooted in Mexican culture. Traditional mariachi bands consisted of two or more members playing stringed instruments, wearing regional costumes adapted from the charro (Mexican horseman or cowboy). Modern mariachi bands, which are likely what you’re looking for when searching for a mariachi band for hire, feature at least four members who play stringed instruments (violin, vihuela, bass guitar called guitarron) and one or more trumpets. The costumes have remained the same, but now trumpets are synonymous with mariachi music. Mariachi bands for hire often play a wide range of music, including styles originating from Mexico and adopted from elsewhere. These include jarabes, waltzes, serenades, corridos (Mexican ballads), ranchera, cumbia, and more. Mariachi bands for hire bring a festive and soulful element to a party, birthday, wedding, corporate affair, fundraiser or community event. UNESCO has inscribed mariachi music on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

    How much does a mariachi band cost?

    A mariachi band will bring your party or event alive with their fabulous costumes, beautiful playing and strong vocals. The cost of a mariachi band for hire will depend on how many players are in the group. Each musician in a performance group needs to be paid, so pricing is usually based on the number of mariachis (musicians), the location of the event (and travel time required), and the length of the performance. Day of the week also affects cost, as does day — Christmas, New Year’s Eve and other major holidays will cost more than regular days. The national average cost for live bands of all types ranges between $740 and $1,200. Depending on where you live and regional rates for performers, you might expect to pay between $65 and $120 per hour, per player. Mariachi groups may have 12-15 players available for performance at one time, depending on your budget. Here are some examples of how the number of players affects average cost:

    • Four mariachis: $300 per hour for weeknights, $400 per hour for weekends.
    • Five mariachis: $350 per hour for weeknights, $400-$450 per hour for weekends. Weekends may have a minimum number of hours.
    • Six mariachis: $400 per hour for weeknights, $450-$500 per hour for weekends.

    How many mariachis can a band have?

    A mariachi band for hire can have as many players as you like. Modern mariachi bands typically have a minimum of four players with the trumpet playing a vital musical role along with stringed instruments such as the violin, guitarrón (a Mexican bass guitar with a deep body), vihuela (a Spanish stringed guitar) and guitar. Strong vocals are also an important component of mariachi bands for hire, since one or more of the players will be singing during the performance. For a truly spectacular show, you can hire a mariachi band with 15 or more players. The medley of stringed instruments, multiple trumpets, soaring vocals, and even an accordion or harp is powerful and beautiful. Mariachis typically wear the traditional costume of charros — Mexican horsemen. The look is a very regal, monotone suit, often in black or white, with silver adornments and embroidery. Mariachi bands often wear sombreros as well. Traditional mariachi bands were only made up of two or more players, according to a UNESCO report celebrating the cultural heritage of the musical style. The style of music originated in the state of Jalisco. Now the style of music is symbolic of Mexico but is celebrated all over the world, and adds a fabulous vibrancy to any group’s events, parties and weddings.

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